IndyCar Series

Preview

as of Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:07 PM.



Verizon IndyCar Series - Indianapolis 500 Preview

Date: Sunday, May 25

Start Time: noon ET (green flag expected at 12:12 p.m.)

Site: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Ind.

Track: 2.5-mile oval

Laps: 200

Miles: 500

Capacity: more than 250,000 permanent seats

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 98th

On TV: ABC

Announcers:

On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS Satellite Radio

Race record: Tony Kanaan, 2013 (187.433 mph)

Qualifying record: Arie Luyendyk, 1996 (236.986 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Tony Kanaan

Runner up: Carlos Munoz

Pole winner: Ed Carpenter (228.762 mph)

Top 10:

1. Tony Kanaan (Start: 12)

2. Carlos Munoz (2)

3. Ryan Hunter-Reay (7)

4. Marco Andretti (3)

5. Justin Wilson (14)

6. Helio Castroneves (8)

7. A.J. Allmendinger (5)

8. Simon Pagenaud (21)

9. Charlie Kimball (19)

10. Ed Carpenter (1)

Average speed: 187.433 mph (race record)

Time of race: 2 hrs., 40 mins., 3.4181 secs.

Margin of victory: Under Caution

Caution flags: 8 for 39 laps

Lead changes: 68 among 14 drivers (race record)

Past winners

2013 Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 187.433 mph

2012 Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 167.734 mph

2011 Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 170.265 mph

2010 Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 161.623 mph

2009 Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 150.318 mph

2008 Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 143.567 mph

2007 Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 151.774 mph

2006 Sam Hornish Jr, Dallara-Honda, 157.085 mph

2005 Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 157.603 mph

2004 Buddy Rice, Honda, 138.518 mph

2003 Gil de Ferran, Toyota, 156.291 mph

2002 Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 166.499 mph

2001 Helio Castroneves, Oldsmobile, 131.294 mph

2000 Juan Montoya, Oldsmobile, 167.704 mph

1999 Kenny Brack, Oldsmobile, 153.176 mph

1998 Eddie Cheever Jr, Oldsmobile, 145.155 mph

1997 Arie Luyendyk, Oldsmobile, 145.827 mph

1996 Buddy Lazier, Ford, 147.956 mph

1995 Jacques Villeneuve, Ford, 153.616 mph

1994 Al Unser Jr, Mercedes, 160.872 mph

1993 Emerson Fittipaldi, Chevrolet, 157.207 mph

1992 Al Unser Jr, Chevrolet, 134.477 mph

1991 Rick Mears, Chevrolet, 176.457 mph

1990 Arie Luyendyk, Chevrolet, 185.981 mph

1989 Emerson Fittipaldi, Chevrolet, 167.581 mph

1988 Rick Mears, Chevrolet, 144.809 mph

1987 Al Unser, Cosworth, 162.175 mph

1986 Bobby Rahal, Cosworth, 170.722 mph

1985 Danny Sullivan, Cosworth, 152.982 mph

1984 Rick Mears, Cosworth, 163.612 mph

1983 Tom Sneva, Cosworth, 162.117 mph

1982 Gordon Johncock, Cosworth, 162.029 mph

1981 Bobby Unser, Cosworth, 139.084 mph

1980 Johnny Rutherford, Cosworth, 142.862 mph

1979 Rick Mears, Cosworth, 158.899 mph

1978 Al Unser, Cosworth, 161.361 mph

1977 A.J. Foyt, Foyt, 161.331 mph

1976 Johnny Rutherford, Offenhauser, 148.275 mph

1975 Bobby Unser, Offenhauser, 149.213 mph

1974 Johnny Rutherford, Offenhauser, 158.589 mph

1973 Gordon Johncock, Offenhauser, 159.036 mph

1972 Mark Donohue, Offenhauser, 162.962 mph

1971 Al Unser, Ford, 157.735 mph

1970 Al Unser, Ford, 155.749 mph

1969 Mario Andretti, Ford, 156.867 mph

1968 Bobby Unser, Offenhauser, 152.882 mph

1967 A.J. Foyt, Ford, 151.207 mph

1966 Graham Hill, Ford, 144.317 mph

1965 Jim Clark, Ford, 150.686 mph

1964 A.J. Foyt, Offenhauser, 147.350 mph

1963 Parnelli Jones, Offenhauser, 143.137 mph

1962 Rodger Ward, Offenhauser, 140.293 mph

1961 A.J. Foyt, Offenhauser, 139.131 mph

1960 Jim Rathmann, Offenhauser, 138.767 mph

1959 Rodger Ward, Offenhauser, 135.857 mph

1958 Jimmy Bryan, Offenhauser, 133.791 mph

1957 Sam Hanks, Offenhauser, 135.601 mph

1956 Pat Flaherty, Offenhauser, 128.490 mph

1955 Bob Sweikert, Offenhauser, 128.209 mph

1954 Bill Vukovich, Offenhauser, 130.840 mph

1953 Bill Vukovich, Offenhauser, 128.740 mph

1952 Troy Ruttman, Offenhauser, 128.922 mph

1951 Lee Wallard, Offenhauser, 126.244 mph

1950 Johnnie Parsons, Offenhauser, 124.002 mph

1949 Bill Holland, Offenhauser, 121.327 mph

1948 Mauri Rose, Offenhauser, 119.814 mph

1947 Mauri Rose, Offenhauser, 116.338 mph

1946 George Robson, Sparks, 114.820 mph

1945 , , ot Held

1944 , , ot Held

1943 , , ot Held

1942 , , ot Held

1941 Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose, Offenhauser, 115.117 mph

1940 Wilbur Shaw, Maserati, 114.277 mph

1939 Wilbur Shaw, Maserati, 115.035 mph

1938 Floyd Roberts, Miller, 117.200 mph

1937 Wilbur Shaw, Offenhauser, 113.580 mph

1936 Louis Meyer, Miller, 109.069 mph

1935 Kelly Petillo, Offenhauser, 106.240 mph

1934 William Cummings, Miller, 104.863 mph

1933 Louis Meyer, Miller, 104.162 mph

1932 Fred Frame, Miller, 104.144 mph

1931 Louis Schneider, Miller, 96.629 mph

1930 Billy Arnold, Miller, 100.448 mph

1929 Ray Keech, Miller, 97.585 mph

1928 Louis Meyer, Miller, 99.482 mph

1927 George Souders, Duesenberg, 97.545 mph

1926 Frank Lockhart, Miller, 95.904 mph

1925 Peter DePaolo, Duesenberg, 101.127 mph

1924 L.L.Corum and Joe Boyer, Duesenberg, 98.234 mph

1923 Tommy Milton, Miller, 90.954 mph

1922 Jimmy Murphy, Miller, 94.484 mph

1921 Tommy Milton, Frontenac, 89.621 mph

1920 Gastno Chevrolet, Frontenac, 88.618 mph

1919 Howdy Wilcox, Peugeot, 88.050 mph

1918 , , ot Held

1917 , , ot Held

1916 Dario Resta, Peugeot, 84.001 mph

1915 Ralph DePalma, Mercedes, 89.840 mph

1914 Rene Thomas, Delage, 82.474 mph

1913 Jules Goux, Peugeot, 75.933 mph

1912 Joe Dawson, National, 78.719 mph

1911 Ray Harroun, Marmon, 74.602 mph

Last race

Race: Grand Prix of Indianapolis (May 10)

Site: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course) -- Indianapolis, Ind.

Miles: 200

Laps: 82

Finish line order: Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, Sebastien Bourdais, Charlie Kimball

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 4 mins., 24.0261 secs.

Average speed: 96.462 mph

Margin of victory: 0.8906 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 19 laps

Lead changes: 12 among 7 drivers

Lap leaders: Sebastian Saavedra - pole; Ryan Hunter-Reay 1-9; Jack Hawksworth Sebastian Saavedra - pole; Ryan Hunter-Reay 1-9; Jack Hawksworth 10-27; Hunter-Reay 28; Justin Wilson 29-30; Hawksworth 31-43; Simon Pagenaud 44; Hunter-Reay 45-51; Wilson 52-53; Hunter-Reay 54; Helio Castroneves 55-69; Sebastien Bourdais 70; Oriol Servia 71-77; Pagenaud 78-82.

Entry list

#2 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/Team Penske

#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil Chevrolet/Team Penske

#5 Jacques Villeneuve (Quebec, Canada) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#6 Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, CA) Chevrolet/KV Racing Technology

#7 Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#8 Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#9 Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#10 * Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#11 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Chevrolet/KVSH Racing

#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Chevrolet/Team Penske

#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#16 Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#17 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing

#18 Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#20 Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN) Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

#21 J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA) Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

#22 Sage Karam (Nazareth, PA) Chevrolet/Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom

#25 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#26 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL Honda/Andretti Autosport

#33 James Davison (Melbourne, Australia) Chevrolet/KV Racing Technology

#34 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Andretti-HVM

#41 Martin Plowman (Staffordshire, Eng.) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#63 Pippa Mann (Ipswich, England) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

#68 Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada) Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#91 Buddy Lazier (Vail, CO) Chevrolet/Lazier Partners Racing

#99 Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England) Honda/BHA/BBM

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Tony Kanaan 8 5 12 29 27 11 4 3 Won
Carlos Munoz --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2
Ryan Hunter-Reay --- --- --- 6 32 18 23 27 3
Marco Andretti --- 2 24 3 30 3 9 24 4
Justin Wilson --- --- --- 27 23 7 16 7 5
Helio Castroneves 9 25 3 4 Won 9 17 10 6
Simon Pagenaud --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 16 8
Charlie Kimball --- --- --- --- --- --- 13 8 9
Ed Carpenter 11 11 17 5 8 17 11 21 10
Oriol Servia --- --- --- 11 26 --- 6 4 11
Ryan Briscoe 10 --- 5 23 15 24 27 5 12
Takuma Sato --- --- --- --- --- 31 33 17 13
Scott Dixon 24 6 2 Won 6 5 5 2 14
Will Power --- --- --- 13 5 8 14 28 19
James Hinchcliffe --- --- --- --- --- --- 29 6 21
Graham Rahal --- --- --- 33 31 12 3 13 25
Josef Newgarden --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 25 28
Sebastian Bourdais 12 --- --- --- --- --- --- 20 29
J.R. Hildebrand --- --- --- --- --- --- 2 14 33
Juan Pablo Montoya --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Kurt Busch --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The Indianapolis 500 is the fifth race on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. This will be the first oval event of the season. The first four races have been held on road/street circuits, including the May 10 inaugural event on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.

This will be the 98th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Ed Carpenter will start on the pole for the second year in a row. This past Sunday, Carpenter earned the top starting position for the Indy 500 with a four-lap average speed of 231.067 mph.

The Indianapolis 500 traditionally has run on Memorial Day weekend since 1911, except war years (1917-18 and 1942-45). It is the oldest automobile race in the United States.

The track was once paved with 3.2 million bricks, earning the nickname "The Brickyard." A 36-inch "Yard of Bricks" remains at the start/finish line. They are the only visible bricks left at this historic facility.

This famed 2.5-mile "rectangular" oval, which opened in 1909, has 9 degrees of banking in all of its turns and no banking on the straightaways. The lengths of the turns are 1/4-mile in length, while the straightaways are 5/8-mile long. The width of each turn is 60 feet, and the width of each straightaway measures 50 feet.

Ray Harroun won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911.

Three drivers share the record for most Indy 500 victories with four: A.J. Foyt (1961, '64, '67, '77), Al Unser (1970, '71, '78, '87) and Rick Mears (1979, '84, '88, '91).

Mears holds the record for most pole wins in this race with six (1979, '82, '86, '88, '89, '91).

There are seven drivers who have won the Indy 500 three times: Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti. Castroneves is the only one of those seven who is competing in this year's race. He won it in 2001, '02 and '09.

In 2013, Tony Kanaan won the Indy 500 for the first time in his career. It came in his 12th attempt. Kanaan, who drove the No. 11 car for KV Racing Technology last year, took the lead from Ryan Hunter-Reay following a restart with three laps to go. He pulled ahead of Hunter-Reay just prior to the caution flag being displayed for an accident involving Dario Franchitti in turn 1. The race ended under caution.

Last year's Indy 500 featured a record 68 lead changes among 14 drivers. It also moved at record pace of 187.433 mph. Carpenter led the most laps with 37, followed by Kanaan with 34.

Six drivers are scheduled to make their first starts in the Indy 500 this year -- Mikhail Aleshin, Kurt Busch, James Davison, Jack Hawksworth, Carlos Huertas and Sage Karam. Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion, is attempting to become the first driver in a decade to do the Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) double on the same day.

Eight drivers have won the Indy 500 in their rookie year, with Castroneves the most recent one to do it in 2001.

The winner of the Indy 500 has started from the pole position 20 times. The last driver to do it is Castroneves in 2009.

Roger Penske holds the record for most car owner wins in the Indianapolis 500 with 15. Team Penske has three entries in this year's race: Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power.

Montoya won this race in his first start in 2000, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. He went on to compete in Formula One from 2001-06 and then NASCAR from 2007-13 before returning to IndyCar for the start of this season.

Castroneves collected $3,048,005 for his 2009 victory, a record winner's purse for the Indy 500. Kanaan earned $2,353,355 for his win in last year's race.

The Borg-Warner Trophy, which is one of the most recognizable trophies in all of sports, has been awarded to every Indianapolis 500 winner since 1936. Crafted out of sterling silver by Spaulding-Gorham of Chicago, it was unveiled at a dinner in New York in February 1936, featuring bas-relief sculptures of every "500" winner up until that time. The new winner has been added every year since, and in 1986 (the trophy's 50th anniversary), the final space became filled. The solution for 1987 was to add a base, but this too became filled, and in 2004, an even larger version replaced it, this one with enough spaces to last through 2034. The only sculptured face not of a winning driver is that of the late speedway owner Tony Hulman, whose likeness, in gold, was placed on the base in 1987.

Franchitti will drive the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Pace Car during the pace laps for the Indy 500. The four-time series champion retired from racing in November following a near-fatal crash during an event on October 6 in Houston.

Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of the ABC television show "Shark Tank," will serve as honorary starter, waving the green flag to start the field of 33 drivers.

During pre-race activities, Jim Nabors is scheduled to perform "Back Home Again in Indiana" for the 35th and final time. The 83-year-old Nabors recently announced that he would retire from performing at Indy after this year's race.

The next IndyCar events are the Chevrolet Indy Duel in Detroit. It's the first weekend doubleheader of the season. Race 1 at Detroit's Belle Isle Park road course is scheduled for May 31, and race 2 is slated for June 1. Mike Conway (race 1) and Simon Pagenaud (race 2) won there last year.



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